Written by: Karl Bielefeldt - @softwarewhys
Published: 8 August 2016
I had the privilege of attending DockerCon 16 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. To understand what I hoped to get out of DockerCon, it would be helpful to know some of the history behind how we use Docker at ADTRAN. Docker is an integral part of our Firefly platform Nathan introduced in a previous blog post, but so far it has also been a hidden part. As one of the keynote speakers at DockerCon said, "Customers don't care about containers." They care about applications, and that's what ADTRAN delivers, in the form of virtual machines. Encapsulated within those virtual machines are fully dockerized applications.
When I was walking around the DockerCon floor, the first question I was often asked was, "Are you a developer or are you in ops?" The question threw me for a loop the first few times I answered, because I mostly consider myself a developer, but from a Docker point of view I also consider myself a sort of "ops by proxy" for our customers. Let me explain what I mean by that.
Written by: Nathan Alderson - @nathanalderson
Published: 08 July 2016
Last summer, I took one of my sons camping at Buck's Pocket State Park here in Alabama. We hiked through some beautiful wooded terrain to an incredible overlook, rappelled down a 100-foot cliff, and spent the evening watching the sunset over a lake while keeping an eye out for bald eagles. The most spectacular sight of the trip, however, came after all of that when we headed back to our campsite, nestled in a canyon by a dry creek bed. Night had fully fallen deep in that gorge, and what greeted us as we descended was the most dazzling display of fireflies I have ever witnessed. The entire forest was ablaze with little twinkling lights like some kind of fairyland prom scene. It was breathtaking.
Written by: Peter Kerr & Marc Kimpe
Published: 8 June 2016
We are ADTRAN. We are a tech company founded in 1986. We went public in 1994. A tech IPO before it became in fashion. A tech company that weathered multiple transitions in technology and economic cycles. A tech company whose motto is “the only constant is change.”
ADTRAN’s creation coincided with the Bell System divestiture mandated in 1982. AT&T was broken up into 7 Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC) providing local phone service while AT&T retained long distance service. The RBOCs would be free to pick equipment suppliers rather than relying on an AT&T subsidiary. ADTRAN’s founders made a successful bet that the Bell Companies would need help building their carrier to carrier network. The technology available at the time was a mere 1.544Mbps symmetric called T1. ADTRAN started manufacturing full rate and sub-rate T1 transceiver and receivers.